Current projects

Consulting with people who matter: Alcohol and Other Drug Use in Liverpool

Liquor license applications can potentially increase alcohol-related harm within disadvantaged communities in SWSLHD. A recent CHETRE led consultation about the spectrum of alcohol-related problems in the Miller community identified the top two issues being public drinking and access to alcohol. Stakeholders are able and willing, but generally lack confidence, knowledge, and skills to participate in the advocacy process to reduce alcohol-related harm in their community.

Gambling Related Harm Forum

Gambling and its health and social consequences concern all countries. Gambling-related harms affect individuals, families, communities and society as a whole. Gambling causes widespread, significant direct and indirect harm to individuals and non-gamblers – particularly through electronic gaming machines. In Australia, Fairfield loses $1.3million a day through poker machines.

Health Impact Assessment Learning by Doing

Over the past ten years, CHETRE has worked closely with Population Health in undertaking and supporting HIAs in the local health district. This training aims to develop the knowledge and skills of participants in Health Impact Assessment.

The training is structured around small teams working on an HIA. Each team will conduct a HIA on a real project that they bring with them to the training. Interested organisations can form a team by themselves or partner with other groups/organisations.

The program consists of 3 training days, 1 sharing the learning workshop, specialist mentoring from experienced HIA practitioners, facilitation of key project meetings (scoping and assessment) and help desk support from the CHETRE project team.

The training program is structured around the steps of HIA. Before the training program begins a pre-screening meeting will be set up with each group to identify and discuss project specific issues.

SWSLHD Equity Strategy

The Equity Strategy will provide an approach to embedding health equity within South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD) to ensure the needs of diverse population groups are reflected in services planning and policy development.

Working In Locationally Disadvantaged Communities Learning by Doing Training Program

Locationally disadvantaged communities typically have high levels of concentrated disadvantage, unemployment, poor educational outcomes, and poor access to services and infrastructure. The material deprivation & increased stressors faced by residents living in these communities impact on their health & wellbeing which creates challenges to the public health workforce. In 2006, a needs assessment, conducted to understand the capacity of the health workforce working in locational disadvantage, found that there was a limited understanding in the workforce of how to identify & implement effective interventions. The Working in Locationally Disadvantaged Communities (WiLDC) program was developed by CHETRE to address these workforce needs with the aim of building workforce capacity and engaging communities.